Jeff Lewis, celebrity designer and reality television star, recently completed a “reimagined” property located on Hollywood Boulevard—not that Hollywood Boulevard with its Scientology, theaters, and stars personalized with cement hand prints, but an elevated an Hollywood Boulevard, the segment of Hollywood Boulevard located above Sunset Boulevard, in the hills, the Hollywood Boulevard composed of retaining walls, blind curves, and steep, or, in this case, nonexistent, driveways. This is life in the Hollywood Hills, or as it is imagined by Jeff Lewis, the new Hollywood Hills, or a more distilled, essential version of what it already is: life on the edge.
8590 Hollywood Boulevard is piled up the hillside, cantilevered, stacked, layer after layer “on an almost entirely new pile foundation” that has been sunk deep into the surrounding soil, or so the listing reads. As you enter off the street, the highest point of the property, you take a step down into a small, gated entry court complete with a fountain and young specimen oak tree, spot lit. Once inside the home, which is entered via a simply dazzling steel and glass door set perpendicularly to the street, herringboned floors of antique, reclaimed oak beckon you forth, into the great room, past the descending stairs, out to enjoy the intimate canyon and immeasurable, winding city views below. The great room, painted an airy white (that color I’ve come to enjoy as a setting for a room), spans the entire width of the home; A long, thin fireplace is centered on the right wall, allowing for a more intimate seating area while the space is centered on the dining room, a room which allows access out onto the elevated terrace, into the world of the views, with an immense, black, double island kitchen complete with Nero Marquina marble.
I’m a rather large fan of double island kitchens as they provide both an island for preparation as well as an island for gathering, thus allowing both activities their own interlocking, yet defined, spaces. You can never go wrong with a glass doored refrigerator yet, while I am a major, near-fanatical fan of waterfall countertops, I do understand that this design element will certainly define (date) the space as tastes change, for “the eye has to travel,” as Diana Vreeland said. The whole ensemble and almost chiaroscuro effect of the deep blacks, browns and whites, creates a visually interesting and engaging interior that rivals, or perhaps enhances, the views of the world outside.
Located beneath the entertainment floor is the master bedroom and the first of two other bedroom suites; the master, where steel and glass mix with black and white painted walls. Here the bedroom and massive neighboring bath share access to a covered loggia that frames the city views beyond; this room is a true trifecta in its arrangement of rooms—those is so much wonderfully defined engagement between the spaces. The other bedroom on this level features wonderful black built-in cabinets, a corner composed of steel and glass windows, as well as a long, well equipped en suite bath containing both a free standing tub and a glassed-in shower topped by a rain showerhead.
The lowest level of the home allows for a third bedroom suite, an enormous, glossy, shimmering entertainment space, and exterior space edging a deep blue pebble finish pool. This is a true Jeff Lewis home and he is in top form here: angles, shine, and polish abound.
The rear façade is the more engaging of the two major, as it carves itself its very own hillside niche. The exterior lighting, reflection and sparkle of the pool all combine to create a welcomingly elegant home.
8590 Hollywood Boulevard is currently listed by Caroline Berkman Lewis and Boni Bryant of Pacific Union International for $7,950,000. According to Mark David over at Variety this is actually the second time Mr. Lewis has sold this home. Back in December 2002, Lewis bought the home, then a simple, 1920s Spanish Colonial revival bungalow for $860,000, completed “a quick and upscale if fairly generic renovation” before flipping the back onto the market and closing the sale with a price of $1,750,000. This new listing represents a renovation on a completely different scale.
The home is comprised of 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms within 4,334 square feet on a 4,545 square foot lot.
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